Of course, if you are in a situation where a social security number, driver's license number, or anyother identifying information is available you should take every opportunity to record it for yourresearch. This is easy when interviewing a potential employee, but would be awkward at best for apotential boyfriend. Short of legal name and social security number, a birth date is often one of the most valuablepieces of information to have when investigating someone. It will help to narrow search results,and more quickly identify your subject in your findings. Here's a helpful tip: Many states requirelicense plates be renewed annually according to birth date of the vehicle owner. If you arereasonably sure of the subject's vehicle, a quick look at their registration tag often gives you thisinformation! Having an abundance of information before you start your investigation helps to cross check theinformation that you discover, saving you time and effort. You will find, however, that you cantypically discover much of this information, or missing parts of it, during the course of this processusing simple deduction. Now that we have collected all the information that we can, make sure you have it written down inan organized fashion and available to you as you sit down at the computer to start your search.This is where having a pad and pen comes in handy. You will want to write down notes and tidbitsthroughout your search, and while many websites offer the ability to print the information youdiscover, it does not necessarily allow you to organize it efficiently. Let's move on to some of the good stuff! What? Once again, by clarifying exactly what information you are looking for about your subject, you canreduce the amount of time and frustration getting caught up in the extraneous data you are soon tobe bombarded in. The Internet is a BIG place, and searching for specific people or more to thepoint, specific information about a specific person brings to mind an image of a haystack and apicture of a needle! There are three basic categories of information regarding background searches: oCriminal Records - defined as instances of record where the subject has been adjudicated forbreaking the law. "Adjudicated" does not mean guilty!! Charges may have been dropped, foundnot guilty, or any number of other items than a guilty charge. oCivil Records - these are records of instances where the subject has been involved in litigation(see adjudicated above) for reasons pertaining to matters NOT criminal in nature. This includessuch things as divorce or lawsuits, but also marriage certificates and bankruptcy. oFinancial - many transactions are matters of public record. Those that have purchased a housemay not know that their deed, and often times their mortgage itself, are available for public view.These records can also refer to items such as foreclosure and collections litigation when combinedin the civil category.